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Motor Augment for Automotive Applications

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2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Baltimore , Maryland

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June 25, 2023

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June 25, 2023

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June 28, 2023

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Energy Conversion, Conservation and Nuclear Engineering Division (ECCNE) Technical Session 2

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Bala Maheswaran Northeastern University

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Bala Maheswaran, PhD
Northeastern University
367 Snell Engineering Center
Boston, MA 02115

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Wendao LI


Adam Ma Northeastern University

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Computer Engineering and Computer Science Student at Northeastern University

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Kalsang Tsering

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Maheswaran, B., & LI, W., & Ma, A., & Tsering, K. (2023, June), Motor Augment for Automotive Applications Paper presented at 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Baltimore , Maryland. 10.18260/1-2--43683

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